Written by: Helena Kleine
Regulations such as DIN 10523, the Biocide Regulation 528/2012 and the risk reduction measures of the Federal Environment Agency make it increasingly difficult for pest controllers to prevent pest infestation by rodents with toxic baits. And even in audits, the long-established use of anticoagulants is increasingly punished with deviations. This poses a great challenge for many pest controllers. Especially when large companies with high quality requirements and strict regulations are among their customers - or should be in the future.
But there are modern alternatives that not only lead to fewer deviations in audits and protect the environment, but can also improve your job as a service provider in the long term. In the future, it will hardly be part of the daily tasks of a pest controller to open countless boxes and check for dead rodents and nibbled bait. Instead, it will be about good advice, complete documentation and forward-looking analyses. And you only have to open the boxes that have been activated.
The key to a poison-free and forward-looking approach: Prevention through digital monitoring. We will explain to you how to do this.
Pest monitoring is all about keeping a close eye on pests and becoming aware of infestation at an early stage. Each observation is documented and compared with previously defined threshold values. In addition, good monitoring allows conclusions to be drawn about rodent entry points, their feeding areas and hiding places. Structural measures and hygiene concepts can then be used to ensure that no critical values are exceeded in the long term.
Suitable for monitoring are:
→ i.e. ultimately all products that allow conclusions to be drawn about the occurrence and behaviour of pests.
With digital systems, traps and cameras have a sensor and notice when they have been triggered or have taken a picture of a pest. They then send a signal to a gateway/controller. This controller then transmits it to your mobile phone or computer. As a service provider, you can control traps and cameras that have been triggered and never again have to run an entire operation and look into every single box or manually evaluate hours of video recordings.
In addition, all information is digitally documented and can be used seamlessly for threshold value and trend analyses.
Already our grandparents caught mice in the attic with small slapping traps. Are we really going back to old technologies in the year 2020? with poisons it has worked well for a long time!
Yes and no. Toxins are still a very effective and popular method, especially in cases of heavy pest infestation. However, we hardly need to explain to you as experts that most of the poisons discharged do not end up in the stomach of rats, but are distributed in the environment or pass on to secondary animals. This is such a major problem that the European government is making the use of anticoagulants virtually impossible through the Biocides Regulation. And modern approaches are based enormously on the principles of HACCP and IPM, which begin with pest control long before infestation: with construction and hygiene measures, monitoring, trend analyses and appropriate prevention.
At the latest after the first serious deviations in the audit or problems with the legislator, every larger company deals with alternatives to toxic baits. And this is where the good old snares offer a huge advantage: they kill quickly, environmentally friendly and measurable. Digital pest traps are suitable for both pest monitoring and pest control.
And the Punch Trap has changed almost as much as the telephone. Just as our smartphones are now only used for making phone calls on the side, modern Pit Traps offer numerous functions that go far beyond simply catching rodents.
Punch traps and boxes, which have sensors and sometimes even their own SIM cards, cost more money in the first step than boxes without sensors. They transmit their data to a gateway and then to central software. All this has to be configured. This is a fact that many pest controllers are initially deterred by.
But: digital systems for pest monitoring and pest control offer numerous advantages:
Futura has been a pioneer in digital pest control for decades. Our eMitter solutions turn every box into a digital monitoring station. Our PestCam camera monitors farms 24/7, records video without interruption and sends photos of monitored pests directly to the eMitter portal.
This allows our customers to automate a large part of their daily work and only need to travel to the customer's site once the digital solution has sent a notification. What can you do with the time you save? It's simple - you can focus on your core competencies and help your customer prepare for audits, check operations for structural defects and analyze the data collected by the system to make appropriate recommendations.
You can find an overview of our eMitter products here – or simply contact us!
Companies that hire a pest control service provider no longer expect just one farm free of rats, mice and insects. Instead, questions about hygiene standards and audit preparations must also be answered, complete documentation must be available and companies expect recommendation measures and consulting services.
But if you are a pest controller and have to run hundreds of boxes and adhesive strips every day, you hardly have time for this. Digital solutions for pest monitoring make time-consuming tasks easier and enable pest controllers to take a completely different approach. In our experience, the demands on smart systems and the expectations of customers are growing steadily. If you have had similar experiences and want to test digital systems, please contact us!